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Old 03-05-17, 07:13 PM   #26
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Interesting perspective. So from this could we assume that riding a step-through will spoil you?
Unlikely, my only mixte frame bike is permanently fitted to my indoor trainer for indoor winter exercise while I watch tv. Hard to get spoiled that way.
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Old 03-06-17, 12:22 AM   #27
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I've had a couple of step-through bicycles as around towners. I wouldn't tour on one. I've never seen a mixte frame of any decent quality. My Trek 920 has a fairly steep sloping top tube. It makes no difference to me though.
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There was a video of a member here that mounts his bicycle by standing it up vertically and wheeling it under his legs. That would be my workaround, if I already had a bike that fit me.
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There was a video of a member here that mounts his bicycle by standing it up vertically and wheeling it under his legs. That would be my workaround, if I already had a bike that fit me.
May be difficult with bags But on that note, I've also seen one person mount their bike by lying it on the ground, stepping over it, and picking it up.

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I've never seen a mixte frame of any decent quality.
Both Bob Jackson and Mercian made mixtes back in the day. I've seen other mixtes and step through with 531 frames. May not be the most common, but they exist, I know Raleigh, Peugeot and Motobecane all had them.

EDIT: Here you go, just a few examples, now that I've gone down this rabbit hole of searching : searching for a higher end mixte road bike, like a raleigh super course mixte etc..

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Old 03-07-17, 06:28 AM   #30
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Maybe worth asking Rivendell what they think their Clem Smith "L" can take in terms of "payload"? Not a bargain, but with the long chainstays/wheelbase it should be quite suited to touring. Considered it for my DW but we need something emphasizing maneuverability at low speeds in the city.
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Though this will not help the original poster.
Before our European tour last year I started researching step through touring frames for my wife. It seem that her hip gets aggravated in the on and off of her LHT. Used the site Cycling About. We bought a frame and fork, raw steel, in Rotterdam,Netherlands. Just finished the paint job and built it up with a Rohloff. Nice bike! Lots is selection in Europe & the UK.
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Breezer makes a nice looking step through that looks to be pretty sweet. Downsides are Al frame and flat'ish bars, you didn't specify drops or flats...

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We bought a frame and fork, raw steel, in Rotterdam,Netherlands.
Lot of people touring on a regular basis on step-thru frames in the NL, that's for sure!
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In post number two above, I included a link to the Thorn step through frames. This trip log was just posted on Crazy Guy, one of the two bikes was that step through frame made by Thorn.
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/...id=491382&v=4n

Although they only used rear panniers on the step through bike, I suspect that it would have handled four panniers just fine.
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In post number two above, I included a link to the Thorn step through frames. This trip log was just posted on Crazy Guy, one of the two bikes was that step through frame made by Thorn.
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/...id=491382&v=4n

Although they only used rear panniers on the step through bike, I suspect that it would have handled four panniers just fine.
Splitting the weight onto the front would help with the overall balance as well.
That step through looks Skookum enough for my needs, providing the spokes and rims are up to it.
Upgrading the axles isn't that expensive and well worth it as well.
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Splitting the weight onto the front would help with the overall balance as well.
That step through looks Skookum enough for my needs, providing the spokes and rims are up to it.
Upgrading the axles isn't that expensive and well worth it as well.
Those bikes are the Thorn Ravens, that is the Rohloff version, the Sherpa is the derailleur version of the same bike. I have the Sherpa, used it for several tours. I think the bike is rated for a load (not counting weight of rider) of about 30 to 35 kg.

I own two Thorns, but I have no connection to the company and have never had any connection other than buying a frame and fork from them, my other Thorn I bought the frame and fork used from a private party. So, I am not trying to sell it, but I tour on two Thorns so I have some bias.
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Old 03-07-17, 04:53 PM   #37
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I always thought one of these would be fun to build up: Buena Vista Frame Set | SOMA Fabrications

But I have no experience with it. Sport touring geometry. Might be worth seeking out some owners and seeing how they like and whether your current components could move over easily.
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Old 03-07-17, 08:21 PM   #38
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Bike Friday with one of their trailers?
Or, if you don't need folding, perhaps the Bike Friday Haul-a-Day (will disassemble somewhat).
https://www.bikefriday.com/folding-b...es/haul-a-day/

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Not strong enough. Step through is for 100 pound girls in skirts. Big in you name? 250 pounds? Yea no. Not on isolated canadian roads. Try streching, yoga, some form of exercise.
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I always thought one of these would be fun to build up: Buena Vista Frame Set | SOMA Fabrications

But I have no experience with it. Sport touring geometry. Might be worth seeking out some owners and seeing how they like and whether your current components could move over easily.
I was going to suggest the Buena Vista. And it comes in sizes large enough that a 100 pound rider would have to be awfully skinny.

I've, on occasion, ridden Mom's Motobecane Grand Jubilee Mixte, and at least unloaded it rides just fine. I can't imagine a load on it would be much different than carrying cargo on my Colnago racing bike which I've done many times. No doubt a quality vintage bike could be customized to one's modern needs.
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I ride a step through as a commuter and like it very well. The step through design is quite convenient once you get used to it.
I wondered if it would be flexy at all but so far it is stiff yet responsive, more so than my touring mtb and I'm 210lb's.
This season I am setting it up for light touring/randonee stuff. I already have a frame and handlebar bag so I may just go one step further and get a seat post bag as well.

I just posted this pic yesterday but here it is again.



Love this bike!
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Love this bike!
Thanks for your picture and comments. From the picture, that bike looks like it
would do just fine....now all I have to do is find a similar one.
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Thanks for your picture and comments. From the picture, that bike looks like it
would do just fine....now all I have to do is find a similar one.
The bike and picture were posted by Happy Feet on the first page of this thread. I'm just complimenting.
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I don't know exactly the speed or style of touring that is wanted, but I had to post this Specialized Roll here. I have seen these in person at the LBS and they are, by far, the coolest looking super low entry/step over bikes I have ever seen! These all have mounts for front and rear racks, 650b wheels with a nice looking 2.3 tire, and are pretty affordable. I have absolutely no need for one of these Rolls, but I find myself drawn to them every time I am in the shop, the pics online really don't do them justice.
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If budget isn't an issue this would be an easy selection.

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Don't know why not. There are plenty of step thru 'trekking' bikes in Europe.

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indyfabz had the answer right up top. Bike Friday. We have them. No lifting legs higher than the front derailleur.
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